Aurora Police: Naked man wielding machete and knife shot, killed by officer

Family called 911, saying man was acting strangely

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police say a naked man who attacked officers with a machete and knife was shot and killed by an officer on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began about 12:30 p.m. when family members called 911, requesting medical assistance for a 55-year-old man who was acting strangely at a home in the 1600 block of South Buckley Way.

Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived and encountered a naked man standing at the top of the stairs leading to the second floor of the home, police said.

The paramedics tried to talk with the man, but he became increasingly agitated, police said.

The man ducked into a room and came out holding what witnesses described as machete, police said. The paramedics retreated from the home and called for police.

Three officers arrived within minutes and entered the home, police said.

At the top of the stairs to the second floor, officers were confronted by the man, who was now holding two large knives, police said.

The man struck two officers with the knives, police said. One officer fired at least one shot, hitting the man, who fell to the ground, police said.

The paramedics were immediately called into the house and rendered aid to the man, police said. The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The two officers did not suffer serious injuries.

"We're extensively trained and through our training you (learn to) protect your life and the lives of others," said Aurora police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassidee Carlson. "If an immediate threat presents itself, you have to deal with that threat -- and sometimes that means lethal force."

Neighbors said they knew little about the man and his family, who had moved into the home about a month ago.

"They're just quiet," said neighbor Herby Arifin, adding that the family kept their "house blinds always closed, so we don't even know who they are, how many people live there."

As is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings, the officer who fired on the suspect was placed on administrative leave pending a department review of the incident, police said.

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